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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How Do you Spell Minutiae?



Do you view them as trifling details
or precise and purposeful points?
Are they Blake's grain of sand,

or whether you dined on scrod
or sea bream last Friday night?
I thought minutiae meant trivial,

but it also refers to minute matters
of import, whether to employ
semi-colon or period, comma or dash.

The poet champions image over trodden
or trite: the bat that flits at the close
of eve, the outcry of the hunted hare.

And then there's the key to keeping
hold of a wonder-struck wit:
It was sea bream; I'm sure of it.


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